What We Do


A CLIP class is a laboratory of student-centered learning guided by an ESL professional with expertise in content-based English language instruction.

CLIP is a rigorous immersion in academic English. Classes meet 25 hours a week in day or evening sessions (five hours per day or evening, Monday through Friday).

CLIP uses a content-based approach to English language instruction. Students develop their language skills through specially designed courses that introduce topics in history, literature, science and the arts. They read level-appropriate fiction and non-fiction, and draft and revise essays in response to their reading. They conduct Internet and library research and make oral presentations. CLIP students also visit museums and civic institutions relevant to their coursework.

Through the exploration of a college-like content, students develop their general knowledge base while they improve their reading, writing, oral communication and research skills—the academic literacies needed for success in college. Each semester students begin a new course, at a more advanced level of language proficiency, in a new content area. (Sample course descriptions and texts.)

Each CLIP site has a dedicated computer lab. Students use the lab to write, revise and edit. They learn how to search the Web for information relevant to their reading, writing and research projects. They also learn such programs as PowerPoint to synthesize and present their findings. CLIP teachers use classroom management programs, such as Blackboard.com and Nicenet, which students are likely to encounter in college. (Sample PowerPoint presentations #1 & #2.)

Navigating a college campus can be especially daunting for ESL students. CLIP links students to college services such as academic and career counseling and financial aid. CLIP students attend campus events, meet with professors and sit in on classes in their prospective majors, and avail themselves of campus resources such as libraries and gyms. CLIP alumni, now successful college students and graduates, serve as mentors and advisors to current CLIP students.